The Sphinx in the City
Urban Life, the Control of Disorder, and Women
Paperback ISBN: 0520078640
Elizabeth Wilson's elegant, provocative, and scholarly study uses fiction, essays, film, and art, as well as history and sociology, to look at some of the world's greatest citiesLondon, Paris, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Lusaka, and São Pauloand presents a powerful critique of utopian planning, anti-urbanism, postmodernism, and traditional architecture. For women the city offers freedom, including sexual freedom, but also new dangers. Planners and reformers have repeatedly attempted to regulate womenand the working class and ethnic minoritiesby means of grandiose, utopian plans, nearly destroying the richness of urban culture. City centers have become uninhabited business districts, the countryside suburbanized. There is danger without pleasure, consumerism without choice, safety without stimulation. What is needed is a new understanding of city life and Wilson gives us an intriguing introduction to what this might be.
Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750
Paperback ISBN: 0679732578
This enthralling work of scholarship strips away those abstractions to reveal the hidden -- and not always stoic -- face of the "goodwives" of colonial America. In these pages we encounter the awesome burdens -- and the considerable power -- of a New England housewife's domestic life and witness her occasional forays into the world of men. We see her borrowing from her neighbors, loving her husband, raising -- and, all too often, mourning -- her children, and even attaining fame as a heroine of frontier conflicts or notoriety as a murderess. Painstakingly researched, lively with scandal and homely detail, Good Wives is history at its best.
In the Wake of the Goddesses
Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth
Paperback ISBN: 0449907465
Considers the role and representation of women in polytheistic religions and compares it with the treatment of women in the Judeo-Christian scheme of beliefs. Original.
Henry and June
From a Journal of Love : The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin 1931-1932
Paperback ISBN: 015640057x
An account of Anais Nin's sexual awakening, this book describes her friendship with Henry Miller and his wife, June, and the fiery affair with Henry that liberated her sexually and morally, undermined her idealized marriage, and led her into psychoanalysis
Beyond the Veil
Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society
Paperback ISBN: 0253204232
"Required reading... " -- Elizabeth Fernea, The University of Texas at Austin "If a reader were to select only one book in order to gain insight into women's status and prospects in Islamic society, this study should be the one chosen for its clarity, honesty, depth of knowledge and thought-provoking qualities." -- Arab Book World In this expanded and updated edition, with a new introduction on Muslim women and fundamentalism, Mernissi argues that Islamic fundamentalism is in part a defense against recent changes in sex roles and perceptions of sexual identity.
The Woman Warrior
Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Paperback ISBN: 0679721886
A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present